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Creative Disruption: How to Overcome the Obstacles

Ira Kalb | Posted 07.26.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

This is the third post in my Creative Disruption trilogy. The first one provided strategies to protect your company from disruption. The second talked...

Should Verizon be Allowed to Buy Yahoo When it Failed to Upgrade and Maintain America's East Coast?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Wall Street Journal, July 24th, 2016, writes that Verizon is planning on buying Yahoo, the web portal and search engine. "Verizon Finalizes $4.8 ...

Steve Grand Reflects On The 'Wild Ride' Of Viral Fame As A Gay Artist

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.21.2016 | Queer Voices

It may be hard to believe, but “All-American Boy,” the sexy, country-tinged music video that made Steve Grand a viral sensation, is now three year...

Where the (GOP) parties at?

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ashley Balcerzak, Emma Baccellieri and Viveca Novak Republican National Convention attendees probably won't be limiting their stay in Cleveland ...

5G Wireless, the IP Transition and Broadband Data Services Impacted by Cross-Subsidies

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Read Filing Read CFA-NNI Joint Comments New Networks Institute (NNI) today filed comments with the FCC in a cluster of active proceedings that are a...

Buyers Want Choices but Not Too Many

Ira Kalb | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketing follows universal truths. To succeed in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented marketplace, therefore, it behooves marketers to apply...

Elder Care Disruptive Technology Involves More Than Just Apps

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Sherwin Sheik

As a former hedge fund analyst who spent years identifying promising investment opportunities, I don't understand what is deemed "news" by the tech media out here in Silicon Valley. On Wall Street, return on capital is viewed as a critical metric, but tech reporters are more impressed by the size of a capital raise, not what is actually done with the money or whether it will be used to develop a technology that will have a life changing impact.

AT&T's IP Transition Trials Lost 32% of "Legacy" Customers, yet the Overhyped Con Continues.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has been conducting 'IP Transition Trials' in Carbon Hill, Alabama and West Delray Beach, Florida, since May 2014. The goal was supposed to be th...

Hey DirecTV, Wait Until The President Hears About This!

Christopher Elliott | Posted 07.07.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

A DirecTV representative waives Brian Stocks’ early termination fee. Then the company un-waives it. Is there any way to fix this misunderstanding? Q...

New Verizon 2015 Financial Report: Massive 'Special Access' and 'Local Service' Cross-Subsidies

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is an except from the recently released Verizon New York 2015 Financial Annual Report, which was filed with the NY Public Service Commission (NYP...

How AT&T is Leveraging Machine Learning and Cloud-Based Services for Business

Daniel Faggella | Posted 06.21.2016 | Technology
Daniel Faggella

Making use of machine learning technology as a business sounds cutting edge, but as a business it's not easy to navigate and know what to look for in a nascent industry.

AT&T Is Still Committed To Your Happiness

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 06.16.2016 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T, has made AT&T's customer service even more hilarious than three years ago when I last wrote about his great comedians.

AT&T's 1000 Foot Violation of AT&T-DirecTV Merger Conditions?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T Press Release, December 7th, 2015 "Over 1 million Locations Passed Today, AT&T More Than Doubling Footprint by End of 2016" "Recently we marked...

Hard Money Still Matters, and Here's Who's Giving It

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

A list of top donors of hard money looks very different than the roster of top donors overall, which is skewed by the few who give big bucks to outside spending groups.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

AT&T and Verizon's Wireline and Wireless Cross-Subsidies Harm Competition and Every Communications Service You Use

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let me explain why all of your communications rates keep going up or why there are 'data caps' imposed, and why many customers have overcharges on wireless.

The Wireline-Wireless Broadband and Internet Bait and Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's 2015 annual report states that the company is focused on a "digital-first mobile future," while AT&T's 2015 annual report proclaims that it is "Mobilizing your world." But there is a problem with this.

He Returned His AT&T Phone, So Why is He Still Getting a Bill?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

Richard Dixon returns his AT&T phone after filing an insurance claim. But the carrier is charging him for a new handset anyway. Why? Question: I recen...

Corporate Greed vs Critical Infrastructure: Greed Won. America Lost.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control and have a monopoly over the state-based utility wires. State by state they had an obligation to not only maintain but to upgrade the states' critical infrastructure. They failed.

Verizon Has Been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) for 16 Years. What the...?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

An ugly pattern has emerged: Phone, cable, broadband, ISP, and wireless companies, their industry associations, not to mention compromised consumer as well as astroturf groups have been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) over the last decade+.

Why We are All Responsible for Christal McGee's Snapchat & Driving Accident

Lauren Galley | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Lauren Galley

In 2013, 2,163 teens in the United States ages 16-19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehi...

His DirecTV Bill Was $708 Instead Of $72

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

After Christopher Gomez switches to DirecTV, he receives an unexpected bill. Now what? Question: I need your help. Earlier this year, I called to disc...

R."I.P." Rest in Peace, AT&T IP Transition Trials.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It is time for the FCC to stop talking about the IP Transition and investigate how AT&T et al. have been using the IP Transition as a way to remove re...

Will the FCC Stop Verizon & AT&T's Manipulation of Financial Accounting & Special Access (BDS) Overcharges?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Consumer Federation of America (CFA) report "Special Problem of Special Access" Highlights: New Network Institute's (NNI) Financial Analysis on Speci...

T-Mobile Dominates the Quarter, Again

Michael R. Levin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
Michael R. Levin

AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint Gains and Losses Offset Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released analysis of the results from its research o...